Marina Martin

Marina Martin

Technology and Democracy Fellow, AY 2017-18
Marina Martin

Marina Martin is currently a Public Interest Technology Fellow at the New America Foundation, where she is focused on Fostering Tech, a collaborative partnership leveraging the lessons learned from successful human-centered design and technology interventions in government and applying them to the child welfare space. This work includes the hands-on process redesign of key parts of the child welfare journey in multiple states, with the explicit intention to make these changes and best practices easily reproducible in other places. Additionally, Fostering Tech aims to build an ecosystem that surfaces and connects best practices and key innovators on the local level with others across the country, in order to maximize impact and resource allocation. By fostering these collaborations, Fostering Tech hopes to drive the community towards a select number of key "north star" goals that the entire nation can work together to achieve, to the benefit of our most at-risk kids.

Marina was most recently the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where she built the first federal agency Digital Service team, bringing in America’s top technical talent for tours of duty within the agency to help transform how America serves and honors its Veterans. Her portfolio included vets.gov, a single digital destination for Veterans to manage, apply for, manage, and track the benefits they earned, replacing hundreds of disparate and difficult-to-navigate websites across the agency; Caseflow, a core part of the Department’s appeals modernization effort that provides a modern, intuitive, and largely automated interface for processing Veterans’ appeals for VA judges and attorneys; and the Clinician User Interface, a Web-based wizard that streamlines and shortens the disability compensation claim process. Marina’s team was also the first to bring commercial cloud computing and modern development practices, including continuous integration and deployment, to the VA.

Prior to her time at VA, she served as Senior Advisor in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, and as the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the U.S. Department of Education. Marina was part of the inaugural class of Presidential Innovation Fellows at the White House in 2012.

Marina authored “Business Efficiency for Dummies” and was CEO of the business process re-engineering firm The Type-A Way. Marina currently serves on the strategic advisory board for Foster America, and has volunteered as Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster kids for the last decade. She lives in Seattle with her cat Martini, dog Mo, and fiancé Charles.

Follow Marina on Twitter: @MarinaMartin

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